The pitch at Leigh Sports Village is seen before the game Manchester United Women v West Ham United Ladies, FA Continental Tyres League Cup Quarter-Final football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 09 Jan 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Manchester United sign former FC Basel youngster Fuso

Manchester United have announced the signing of former FC Basel striker Ivana Fuso as reported on the club’s official website.

The deal remains subject to international clearance, which once obtained will see the forward spend the next two years at the Leigh Sports Village while United have an option to extend the arrangement by a further year. Fuso joins the club on a free transfer following the conclusion of her contract at Swiss side FC Basel.

Despite the forward having been born in Brazil, she instead opted to join the German international youth set up, making her first appearance for Under-15s age group at just 13 years of age. Her debut for the side saw the Germans thrash Scotland 13-0. Fuso scored her debut goal a year later in a match against the Czech Republic in a 7-0 victory. It wasn’t until she reached Under-17 level that she made a real impact, scoring 12 goals in 20 appearances, helping the German side qualify for the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.

The former SC Freiburg player, can play in various attacking positions which Casey Stoney will be keen to utilise in her United side.

After being unveiled by Manchester United, Fuso told the club’s official media channels “I’m so happy to be here, it’s a dream to sign for a club like Manchester United. Casey is a great coach and I’m looking forward to working with her and the staff, as well as meeting my new team-mates.

“It will be my first time playing in England, the league is very competitive and I know that being a part of this team will help me develop further as a player.

“I’m ready to start training and really put the hard work in ahead of the new season.”

Fuso is currently the German Under-19 captain and she could also go on to play a leading role for Manchester United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League during her time at the Leigh Sports Village.

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